Art

I’ve discovered the power of art and crafts as a way to relax and practice creativity. This creativity just doesn’t stay within the confines of the below projects, it’s also had a positive influence on the level of creativity I bring into my work.

Fall Dress Form Dress

Ever since I saw a display of dress form Christmas trees in Houston a few years ago, I’ve wanted a tabletop version. But the ones I could find were expensive and not exactly what I was looking for. So I decided to make my own. But then I thought, why not find a way to make the craft modular so I could use the same dress form for various outfits, seasons, and holidays? Below is my first dress experiment.

A tabletop wire dress form with a dress made of fake leaves.
Fall tabletop dress form dress. The dress can be removed from the dress form so I can create and display new outfits for each season or holiday. Image licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner
A tabletop wire dress form with a dress made of fake leaves. The dress is removed an open in the back so you can see that the dress is made with craft foam and velcro.
Showing how the fall tabletop dress form is made. I started with thin craft foam and added velcro to make it easy to remove and put back on the dress form. Image licensed CC-by 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner

Ice Cream Shoes

While living in New Orleans, I saw a member of the Merry Antoinettes walking around in ice cream shoes and decided I wanted a pair of my own. But they were very expensive and making them sounded like an interesting challenge. I started with simple black wedge shoes and built from there.

Ice cream shoes made from simple black wedge shoes.
Ice cream shoes made from simple black wedge shoes. Photo licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner

Wild Turkey Feather Wreath

I asked a hunter friend of mine to bring me the wild turkey feathers after his hunt. From them, I made this wreath.

A decorative wreath made with turkey feathers
Wreath made with wild turkey feathers. Photo licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner

Mardi Gras Special Throws

Part of Mardi Gras tradition in New Orleans is for many of the krewes (the group you belong to that throws a parade or marches in one) to have a special “throw” that we hand out. For the Krewe of Cleopatra, it’s plastic wine glasses. For the Krewe of Muses, it’s shoes. One rule is that they must entirely be covered in glitter before being decorated.

To see more designs, visit my Mardi Gras album on Flickr.

A high heel shoe covered in black and gold glitter and bee designs. Foam wings are added to the shoe to make it look bee-like.
I had the opportunity to make an “unofficial” (because I’m not in the group) Krewe of Muses shoe. My husband is a beekeeper, so I thought it’d be fun to make a bee shoe with extensions to incorporate wings. Photo licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner
A skull-shaped wine glass decorated with glitter and a feather headdress.
Inspired by the history of Voodoo in New Orleans, I made a series of skull-shaped Krewe of Cleopatra wine glasses to give out while riding in the parade. Photo licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner
A plastic wine glass decorated to look like an ice cream cone.
To balance the skull glasses, I wanted to do some “sweet ones” too. I took a regular wine glass and added depth to create an ice cream cone effect. Photo licensed CC-By 4.0, Nicole Finkbeiner